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Mickelson consolidates no. 2 spot

World Number Two Phil Mickelson won the Northern Trust Open by two strokes over Jeff Quinney at Riviera Country Club at Los Angeles, California. European Ryder Cup players Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald finished tied third a further 3 strokes back.

The World Top 10 has an interesting make up going into the first World Golf Championship of 2008 with Woods 9.53 points ahead of Mickelson who is 3.70 points ahead of Steve Stricker in 3rd. Positions 4 to 10, in contrast, have a spread of less than one point with Ernie Els in 4th at 6.23 and Harrington in 10th at 5.24.

Felipe Aguilar from Chile secured his maiden European Tour and Asian Tour title as the Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open culminated in a dramatic two shot swing on the 72nd hole. Aguilar's birdie to Jeev Milkha Singh's bogey gave him a single stroke victory and a 62 position move up the Official World Golf Ranking to 124th.

Reigning South African Airways Open Champion James Kingston won again on home soil at Pretoria Country Club as he secured the Vodacom Championship by two strokes from Brazillian Adilson da Silva. Kingston breaks into the World Top 100 in 88th place, a jump of 24 positions.

The HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship, co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Nationwide Tour, was blighted by poor weather all week and was ultimately decided over 36 holes. Darren Stiles from the USA won by a stroke from home favourite David Smail. Stiles climbs 192 positions to World Number 401. The points allocated for this tournament were reduced due to it being shortened to 36 holes.

February 18 , 2008


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